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The Institute of Masters of Wine is the home of exceptional expertise in the wine world. What started more than 65 years ago as an exam for the UK wine trade is now a globally recognised title collectively held by a worldwide family of Masters of Wine. Today, there are 394 MWs based in 30 countries, each making their own contribution to the world of wine. Becoming an MW means gaining entry into a unique wine community; one that brings enriching personal and professional opportunities – as well as lifelong friendships.

ABOUT US

The IMW’s mission is to promote excellence, interaction and learning across all sectors of the global wine community. As well as running the MW study programme, our programme of worldwide events offers unparalleled opportunities to taste and learn. These tastings and seminars, including our international symposium, are open for anyone to attend – you don’t have to be a Master of Wine to join in.

FIND AN MW

The IMW’s directory of Masters of Wine allows you to search not just by name, but also by skills and specialisms. MWs are active all over the world and in all fields: MWs are winemakers, journalists, consultants, buyers, auctioneers, educators and much more. If you are looking for an MW in a particular country, expert comment on a specific style of wine, a speaker for your event, or experienced commercial advice, look no further.

THE MW EXAM

The MW exam tests the breadth and depth of a candidate’s theoretical knowledge and tasting skills in the art, science and business of wine. By passing the MW exam, you become a member of the IMW, gain the title Master of Wine and can use the initials MW after your name. The MW exam is a series of tasting and theory papers, plus an in-depth research project. You can find out about all stages of the exam, as well as downloading past papers, by clicking below.

Latest News

IMW launches free webinar series

IMW launches free webinar series

The IMW has launched a free webinar series, the first of which took place on Wednesday 6 May 2020 where four wine-producing Masters of Wine, from four countries, shared the challenges they are currently facing during the coronavirus pandemic. The 500 registered...

Message from the IMW Chair

Message from the IMW Chair

Dear Friends I hope that wherever this finds you, you and your family are well, and are facing the current circumstances with as much fortitude and good humour as you can muster. Our thoughts are with every one of you. We are all experiencing some exceptionally tough...

Interpreting Wine podcast with Steve Smith MW

Interpreting Wine podcast with Steve Smith MW

In a recent episode of Interpreting Wine, Steve Smith MW reflects on his journey to becoming an MW and discusses his early career and place at the forefront of some of the most iconic New Zealand wine brands and current twin projects Smith & Sheth and Pyramid...

Latest News

IMW launches free webinar series

IMW launches free webinar series

The IMW has launched a free webinar series, the first of which took place on Wednesday 6 May 2020 where four wine-producing Masters of Wine, from four countries, shared the challenges they are currently facing during the coronavirus pandemic. The 500 registered...

Features

Neil Tully MW features in the Real Business of Wine webcast

Neil Tully MW features in the Real Business of Wine webcast

Neil Tully MW features in a recent Real Business of Wine webcast with Robert Joseph. Hear him share his insights into how he goes about working with the producer to create a label that will help to move the bottle from the shelf into the hands of the consumer. Watch...

Interpreting Wine podcast with Steve Smith MW

Interpreting Wine podcast with Steve Smith MW

In a recent episode of Interpreting Wine, Steve Smith MW reflects on his journey to becoming an MW and discusses his early career and place at the forefront of some of the most iconic New Zealand wine brands and current twin projects Smith & Sheth and Pyramid...

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